Hey, everyone! I realize this makes me a total geek, but on the Favorite Albums of 2014 list I have to give a shout out to Weird Al! I hadn't listened to his songs in years--until he sucked me and my little boy back into the fan club with Mandatory Fun.
Sometimes you just need some giggles on a road trip, you know? Enjoy!
Oh, and I had to also mention "Vengo" by Ana Tijoux as one of my faves from 2014. I love all her work, and her thoughtful lyrics/social commentary, in addition to incredible sound (primarily rap set to edgy beats), really set her apart:
Natalia Lafourcade has a gorgeous voice. Her live concert album, "Mujer divina--tributo a Agustín Lara" (homage to Agustín Lara, prolific and brilliant Mexican composer of ballads and boleros), is smooth listening perfect for a late night of reminiscing.